Finding the right balance for your curls to keep them healthy can be tough. For example, if you overuse moisture, your strands can become mushy and difficult to take care of. Curls that are overloaded with protein can actually become brittle and break off, which is the exact opposite of what you want. Therefore, one must ask oneself, do your curls need protein or moisture? To figure it out, read on.
Do your curls need protein or moisture?
Curls have too much moisture:
Believe it or not, there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to moisture. If you've been over moisturizing your curls, your strands will have some tell-tale signs. Your curls may feel overly elasticized, stretching and stretching before it finally snaps. When your curls are wet, they may have an overly soft, mushy-like texture. When dry, your strands may be constantly frizzy or fluffy, with a dry, straw-like feeling. When you try to style your strands, you may notice your curls falling flat or unable to hold their natural shape.
What to do?
Fortunately, hygral fatigue (the result of excessive moisture) isn't something you have to endure, and can be fixable. The first thing you'll want to do is clarify your curls to remove excess build up and product. Focus on introducing more protein to your curls with your daily products, and give your curls a protein treatment. Finally, reduce the amount of moisture you're using in your curls, and swap heavy products for lighter ones.
Curls have too much protein:
If you're thinking your curls have too much protein, there are a few indicators you may notice. Your strands may be experiencing a lot of damage and easily snaps or breaks. It may have a rough, brittle consistency or texture, and be very straw-like to the touch. Rather than having any shine, your curls may appear dull or lifeless, and be very prone to tangles. You may also notice a lot of shedding.
What to do?
It's really easy to get overwhelmed by protein issues with your curls, but not all hope is lost! You can reverse the effects of using too much protein in your curls. Start by clarifying your curls to remove excess protein products. Investigate your products to see which have a lot of protein in them, and remove them from your routine for the time being. Instead, focus on gentle, lightweight moisturizing products. Start using a weekly deep conditioning treatment until you notice your curls beginning to look more like normal.